In my search for input and understanding regarding how Millennials fit in the church, I listened to “Up for Debate Radio” with Julie Roys about Millennials and Baby Boomers. Much of the conversation surrounded the practical differences between Millennials and Boomers: church practice, political alignment, sexuality and tattoos and piercings. It was refreshing to see Millennial Christians getting a chance to speak for themselves, especially when much of the older church is talking about how Millennials fit into the church today.
Each of the guests on the show had slightly different views and nuances on how they see Christianity and how they believe it should be walked out in culture. Overall though they differ pretty sharply from the faith of Boomers. It seems our two generations continue to talk past one another.
I believe it is because both groups are working with different sets of definitions and governing understanding when it comes to Christianity. Unfortunately, many people young and old have learned to speak in a “Christian” manner, but may not understand their own definitions or foundations of their belief systems. So of course when we try to discuss the values, beliefs and practices that each generation holds regarding faith, we are going to differ.
For many, there is no denying that issues concerning the bible, politics, sexuality, marriage, money and a whole host of other topics are very important. If we do not get back to the basics and examine the foundations and definitions of our individual and institutionally held belief systems, we are never going to get anywhere.
I believe that there is still a place for the authority of the bible to speak into the lives of individuals and cultures. If we want to get there we will all need to be willing to define and discuss the foundational beliefs we hold and seek to listen and understand others.
If you would like to check out the "Up for Debate" podcast and listen for yourself check out https://www.moodyradio.org/programs/up-for-debate/2016/04-2016/2016-04-30-can-christian-millennials-and-boomers-come-together/